Saturday, May 02, 2020

Freeing Julian: A Plea from His Family

Why Julian Assange must urgently be freed


by Stella Moris - via El Pais


May 1, 2020

I want my children to believe that inequitable treatment is not tolerated in mature democracies

The life of my partner, Julian Assange, is at severe risk. He is on remand at HMP Belmarsh, and Covid-19 is spreading within its walls.

Friday, May 01, 2020

The Machine Paused

The Machine - Honest Government Ad

by TheJuiceMedia


April 30, 2020
The Government has made an ad about its response to the pandemic, and it's surprisingly honest and informative.


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Spreading Hunger No Conspiracy Theory: American Food Banks Need Help

Food banks face supply and volunteer shortages as mass hunger rises in the US

by Alex Johnson  - WSWS


30 April 2020

Food banks in the United States are facing a crisis of epic proportions as tens of millions of people across the country are finding themselves in need of aid from food pantries and soup kitchens to stave off hunger. The coronavirus pandemic has brought alongside it a staggering rise in joblessness and wage reductions, driving underfunded charitable food services to the brink due to the explosion in need.
Cars line up for food at the Utah Food Bank's mobile food pantry 
at the Maverik Center Friday, April 24, 2020, in West Valley City, Utah. 
(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

In scenes that recall the long breadlines during the great depression of the 1930s, millions over the past month have been compelled to wait in massive line ups and drive-through food banks to seek emergency food assistance. 

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Is There Room for Qualified Alternate Perspectives on Covid-19 Narrative?

Perspectives on the Pandemic #5 In this highly-charged follow-up interview, Knut Wittkowski says his initial claim has been vindicated

by OffGuardian


April 30, 2020
Following up his original interview, Prof Knut Wittkowski discusses the mainstream coverage of his opinions, recent studies on the numbers of infected in New York, and the Swedish government’s approach and much, much more.

The Interviewer: John Kirby is the director of FOUR DIED TRYING, a feature documentary and series on the major assassinations of the 1960’s and their calamitous impact on the country. To join the struggle for justice for Dr. King, Malcolm X, and John and Robert Kennedy.

Of Course You Realize, This Does NOT Mean War

A Pandemic Is Not a War

by Robin Andersen - FAIR


April 30, 2020

At a press conference on Wednesday, March 18, President Donald Trump offered this grammatical hash: “I view it—in a sense as a wartime president.” Translating the mangled discourse into a coherent statement, CNN (3/18/20) reported, “Trump said that he sees the country on wartime footing and himself as a wartime president amid the coronavirus crisis.”

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo picked up the theme of war on March 30: “The frontline battle is going to be hospitals. The soldiers in this fight are the healthcare professionals.”

Keeping Calm and Standing Ready: Police Preparedness Before Skripal's "Attack"

HOW THE BRITISH POLICE PREPARED FOR THE ATTACK ON SERGEI AND YULIA SKRIPAL, FOUR DAYS IN ADVANCE

by John Helmer, Moscow

@bears_with

April 28, 2020
Armed British police, plus ambulance and medical crews, drone and helicopter pilots, firefighters, and the head doctor of the Salisbury District Hospital’s emergency department were preparing for the attack on Sergei and Yulia Skripal just four days before Russian military assassins arrived from Moscow allegedly carrying a lethal chemical weapon in a perfume bottle.

Not counting the Skripals and the Russians, the British forces numbered at least two hundred. They were mobilized through the afternoon and night of February 27 until the morning of February 28, in the centre of Swindon, Wiltshire; that is a city 70 kilometres (40 miles) north of Salisbury, also in Wiltshire. The Skripals collapsed at 4:15 in the afternoon of March 4, in the centre of Salisbury. 

Lamenting the Pausing of Oil: Media Buries Lead on Covid's Economic Corollaries

As Covid-19 Forces Emission Reductions, Media Offer Oil Industry Elegies 

by Dorothee Benz - FAIR


April 29, 2020

Last week on April 22 the world marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Air pollution in the world’s major cities was down dramatically; for the first time in decades, the Himalayan Mountains could be seen from 100 miles away. The canals in Venice were so clear you could see the fish swimming in them, and lions were sleeping on the roads in South Africa. All of these developments, and others like them, were the consequences of a global reduction in fossil-fuel emissions. 

Alas, none of this is the result of popular political pressure to finally bring fossil-fuel capitalism to heel. It is, rather, a byproduct of the economic shutdowns and travel restrictions that have been put in place by most nations in order to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Continued Border Lockdown Could Mean Starvation for Afghans

Afghanistan, COVID-19 Can Mean Starvation

by Voices for Creative Nonviolence - United Kingdom

20th April 2020

As Kabul enters a third week of strictly-enforced lock down, what do the restrictions mean for those living below the poverty line?

Border closures, export restrictions among Afghanistan’s neighbours 
have put pressure on domestic food supplies. - New Humanitarian

The first item on everyone’s minds is food. Some fear that, as flour prices rise, the small, local bakeries will close. ‘It is better to die of the coronavirus rather than die of poverty,’ says Mohammada Jan, a shoemaker in Kabul. Jan Ali, a labourer, laments, ‘Hunger will kill us before we are killed by the coronavirus. We are stuck between two deaths.’

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Mauvais Plan: Macron's Police Response to Food Worries Raises Tensions

Police in Seine-Saint-Denis suburbs of Paris prepare for food riots

by Anthony Torres  - WSWS


27 April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is exposing the class gulf separating workers from the financial aristocracy, which refuses to ensure decent health and food conditions for masses of people.

As imperialist governments shower financial markets with trillions of euros (or dollars), the World Food Program foresees that the number of people facing starvation this year could double to 265 million. Food riots have erupted in Africa and Latin America, from Cape Town to Caracas, and could break out in some of the world’s wealthiest cities.


Monday, April 27, 2020

A Star (Chamber) Is Born: Dutch MH17 Trial to Accept Secret Prosecutorial Testimony

BLIND JUSTICE, DUMB LAWYERS IN THE MH17 TRIAL — NEW DUTCH COURT RULING ALLOWS SECRET WITNESS TESTIMONY FOR THE PROSECUTION

by John Helmer, Moscow

@bears_with

April 26, 2020

A new ruling by three Dutch judges in the trial of Russia for having shot down Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 will allow the Ukrainian secret service, the SBU, to present fabricated witness evidence without investigation or cross-examination by defence lawyers representing one of the four military officers accused of launching a BUK anti-aircraft missile at MH17. On July 17, 2014, the aircraft was destroyed above eastern Ukraine, killing all 298 people on board.

The two Dutch defence lawyers, Sabine ten Doesschate (lead image, centre) and Boudewijn van Eijck (right), have attempted to keep the court proceeding secret since mid-March when they were asked to clarify if they had filed a challenge to the use of secret witness statements in the trial, which began hearings in public on March 9.

Liberating Finally the World from War

War Abolition and Italian Liberation Day

by David Swanson - World BEYOND War


April 26, 2020

David Swanson was to speak at a conference in Florence, Italy, on April 25, 2020. The conference became a video instead. Below is the video and text of Swanson’s portion. As soon as we receive the video or text of the whole, in Italian or English, we will post it at worldbeyondwar.org. The video aired on April 25 on PandoraTV and on ByoBlu. Details on the full conference are here.



Sadly, Giulietto Chiesa, director of Pandora TV, died a few hours after attending this conference on live-streaming. Giulietto’s last public participation was his presenting the portion of the conference that concerned Julian Assange and his father John Shipton’s interview.


Swanson’s remarks transcribed below.

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Watching the Sun Set on Another Empire

From 9/11 to 2008 and COVID-19: Signs and Wonders of a Collapsing Global (Dis)order

by Maximilian C. Forte - ZeroAnthropology



April 27, 2020

Corona—meaning: a crown. Travelling around the world, as if at full gallop. Firing off arrows into the air: vectors (the arrowheads: the infected) travelling via airplanes (the arrows). But is it the first stage of the apocalypse for which we have been trained to wait? If so, then I missed the three thunderous trumpet blasts that shook the walls. 

Is this the pestilence that weakens everyone before they are assaulted by war and then famine and death? 


Part 1 of 5 of the COVID-19 Series lasting from April 26 through April 30. 

Gorilla Radio with Chris Cook, Joe Emersberger, Kathy Kelly, Janine Bandcroft April 30, 2020

This Week on GR

by C. L. Cook - Gorilla-Radio.com


April 30, 2020

Welcome to Gorilla Radio, continuing to broadcast, not live from the basement of the Student Union Building at the University of Victoria, but live-to-tape via Skype, for the foreseeable...

There has been much written on the World after Covid in the vein of how this unprecedented cessation of the economy for millions could prove to be the pause in business as usual desperately required; our opportunity to assess the many, many ways our current consumerist culture is destroying individual people, human and animal communities, and wrecking the planetary environment every living thing depends on.

It is, as some say, the "silver lining" of this dark situation.



Listen. Hear.
While all that may well be true, there are others using this moment to press fast forward on all the most egregious sins of our societal paradigm, taking advantage of the distraction and disarray.

Just one such case is the promotion of regime change in Venezuela. Long a project for Washington and its satraps, the Trump administration has used the global medical emergency to drive another nail into the heart of the Bolivarian Revolution.

Joe Emersberger is a Canada-based writer whose work appears at FAIR.org, VenezuelAnalysis, and The Canary and is primarily focused on media lies, distortion, and confabulation. His recent article, 'Media Struggle to Defend Washington's Cruelty Toward Venezuela and Iran as Corona Virus Spreads' appears at Fair.org.

Joe Emersberger in the first half.

And; with workaday pursuits like bus driving, hospital cleaning, picking up garbage, and delivering pizzas being hailed as heroic, is the idea of heroism losing its cache?

If Wikpedia is to be believed, a hero is one who, "in the face of danger, combats adversity through feats of ingenuity, courage, or strength..." and in the current atmosphere, perhaps the mundane is now elevated, but there's another kind of courage, strength, and ingenuity of purpose not less heroic, if less easily defined.

Kathy Kelly is a long-time peace and justice activist, essayist, author, and recipient of numerous awards for her peace service, including multiple nominations for the Nobel Peace prize.

She is a founder of Voices in the Wilderness and Voices for Creative Nonviolence, co-authored the book, ‘Prisoners on Purpose: a Peacemakers Guide to Jails and Prison,’ and wrote, ‘Other Lands Have Dreams: from Baghdad to Pekin Prison.’ Her recent article, 'He’s Got Eight Numbers, Just Like Everybody Else' chronicles the struggle of Father Steven Kelly, entering his third year of imprisonment in America for resisting the relentless progress towards the ultimate holocaust, nuclear annihilation.

Kathy Kelly and Fr. Steve Kelly, a hero not just like everybody else in the second half.

And; long-time Gorilla Radio contributor, Janine Bandcroft will be here at the bottom of the hour with this week's Left Coast Events Bulletin of some of the good things to be gotten up to in and around our town in the coming week. But first, Joe Emersberger and life in a time of siege, sanction, and plague.

Chris Cook hosts Gorilla Radio, airing live every Thursday between 11-Noon Pacific Time. In Victoria at 101.9FM, and on the internet at: http://cfuv.ca. He also serves as a contributing editor to the web news site, http://www.pacificfreepress.com. Check out the GR blog at: http://gorillaradioblog.blogspot.ca/

Shadenfreude for Fools: Celebrating Our Enemy's Misfortune

Hilarious Kim Jong Un Jokes, And Other Notes From The Edge Of The Narrative Matrix

by Caitlin Johnstone - Rogue Journalist


April 26, 2020

Ha ha ha let’s all laugh about rumors that Kim Jong Un might be dead because he runs a crazy backwards regime where the media are a propaganda arm of the state and the public is oppressed and surveilled and people are imprisoned for exposing the truth about the government.

“I sure hope those North Koreans get to have democracy someday like we have here. Lemme log off this search engine algorithmically stacked toward billionaire CIA-tied media and ponder whether I want Donald Trump or Joe Biden to continue the wars and oligarchic exploitation.”